© Reuters. China’s President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 16, 2022. REUTERS/ Thomas Peter
By Yew Lun Tian
BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese people must resolve the Taiwan issue, and China will never give up its right to use force but will strive for a peaceful resolution, President Xi Jinping said on Sunday. Sunday at the opening of a large party meeting.
China considers democratically ruled Taiwan as its own territory, despite strong objections from the Taipei government, which rejects the claims and says only the people on the island have the right to decide their future.
Tensions increased significantly in August after China staged war games near Taiwan following a visit to Taipei by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Those military operations continued at a reduced rate.
In his opening remarks at the 20th party congress of the ruling Communist Party in Beijing, Xi said China always “respects, cares and benefits” the people of Taiwan and is committed to ending the conflict. promote economic and cultural exchanges across the Taiwan Strait.
“Solving the Taiwan issue is the private business of the Chinese people and for the Chinese people to decide,” he said.
“We resolutely strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification with sincerity and best efforts, but we will never promise to renounce the use of force and reserve the option to take all necessary measures. necessary.”
That option, Mr. Xi said, was aimed at “intervention” by outside forces and a “very small number” of Taiwanese independence supporters rather than the vast majority of Taiwanese people.
“The historic wheel of the cause of national reunification and national rejuvenation is turning forward, and the complete reunification of the Fatherland must be achieved, and it must be achieved!” to add to a long round of applause.
In her Independence Day speech on Monday, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said war between Taiwan and China was “absolutely not an option” and reiterated her willingness to dialogue with North Korea. Terrible.
China refuses to talk to Tsai, considering her a separatist.
Beijing has presented Taiwan with a “one country, two systems” model of autonomy, the same formula it uses for Hong Kong. However, all of Taiwan’s mainstream political parties have rejected the proposal and it has received little public support, according to opinion polls.